When I worked in the Corporate Sector, it was a very challenging process for people applying for key or high profile vacancy positions.
Ideally, we all want a level playing field where we are all assessed using the same criteria against the same standards for the job.
The reality is often different. Sometimes it’s like playing career chess – you have to know when to move, how to move and how to discuss it with.
How many of you have applied for a role, felt that you delivered an impactful and effective interview, only to be told that ‘they went with someone better qualified’?
They probably did, but if you were both equally qualified, what did they do that you didn’t do? What edge did they have over you?
To quote the tv baddie, JR Ewing, “you’ve got to learn to play the others man’s game”.
What does that mean? To my mind, it means not only understanding what the role is or the objectives, but also knowing how the vacancy came about.
🔹What kind of person is the hiring manager?
🔹What kind of person does the hiring manager like to work with?
🔹What does the hiring manager value?
🔹Who else do you know that is applying for the role?
🔹How do you favourably compare? What is unique about you?
🔹How do you find this information out?
Playing Career Chess requires you as the applicant to go the extra mileage to secure your dream role. You may not always get it, but wouldn’t it feel better knowing that you did absolutely everything that you could in the process?
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